Surprising treasure

This week we have been picking up the ends of the stone move. A collection of smaller building stones and pottery were placed in the conservation lab for washing and repacking in plastic boxes as a pose to the old wooden boxes they were kept in before.

Unwashed stones

Unwashed stones

But it wasn’t just stones the boxes contained. It is not the first time we have made an unexpected discovery during our work (Treasure hunt), but we were still astounded when we found two medals among the stones.

Nazi cros

Nazi cross

 

Kors

Corroded cross

They appear to be 2. World War medals, one with Nazi symbols on it, the other quite corroded so distinct symbols aren’t detectable. Closer investigation and conservation is needed to determine the origin of the medals.